Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

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Ron is Mom’s boyfriend, whom she met in a grief support therapy group. Oskar initially dislikes the idea of Mom being with Ron, since it seems like she’s not grieving properly after Dad’s death. However, when Oskar finally learns a bit more about Ron—that Ron has lost his wife and daughter in a car accident—he softens towards him.
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Ron Character Timeline in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

The timeline below shows where the character Ron appears in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3, “Googolplex”
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Puzzles and Cleverness Theme Icon
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...depicted it in different-colored beads. Oskar is upset that Mom has been spending time with Ron, her new boyfriend, but he buries his anger and instead makes Morse code jewelry out... (full context)
Chapter 7, Heavier Boots
Mortality and the Purpose of Life Theme Icon
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...the fight escalates when Oskar says that she can’t miss Dad when she is with Ron now. He yells that if he could have chosen, he would have chosen her to... (full context)
Chapter 17, “Beautiful and True”
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Trauma and Guilt Theme Icon
Love and Family Theme Icon
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During dinner with Mom and Ron, Oskar finds out that Ron’s wife and daughter had died in a car accident. Ron... (full context)